Ko Abbey toku ingoa.
Ko Kati Mamoe Hapu me Kai Tahu oku iwi.
A life long appreciation and fascination with art runs deeply for me. Since stepping away from a career in winemaking & brewing, I have centered my focus around developing my own individual artistic style since 2016.
Initially grown out of a fascination for street art, I began to develop my own artistic skills in stencil cutting. Initially working with paper & leather, I began creating contemporary portrait style pieces.
I now work with several different medium and am currently embarking on my second year of a tertiary Diploma in Maori & Indigenous Arts from Te Wananga O Aotearoa.
As part of my personal journey of reconnection to my whanau's Kai Tahu heritage, I am also exploring my taha Maori. Take a look at the interview below I participated in as part of the NZ based organisation Whanau Ora initiative: